Many campers who already have children think that they can no longer enjoy their favorite hobby. This is simply not true. Taking your children on camping trips can be even more fun than before, especially when you share your appreciation of nature to your kids, and see them excited with all the fun they will have.
The age of your child is a big factor when deciding whether it is time for you to take them camping with you. If you've got a baby, you might want to consider camping at a site with power, so that you can take advantage of being able to heat up bottles for baby. Also, keep the packing simple. You may think that you need to bring the baby's room with you, but the reality of camping with a baby is a lot simpler. Figure out the number of days that you will be staying at the campsite and just pack a number of necessities in accordance with your stay.
Since you have been camping before, it may be time to upgrade your equipment to include the kids. A two man tent is not going to cut it for much longer, especially if you have older kids. Younger children will need a big tent that for them to play safely inside at the same time keep too much sunlight out. If in any case that mom or dad gets distracted, this will also prevent them from going off. A family size tent can be purchased with the extras you need, not to mention more spacious sleeping room than that old two man tent could ever give.
Nature can be an exciting playground for your children to explore, for any age. Toddlers should be given more attention, of course, but making them aware of camping and hiking safety is a top priority. Teaching them about why they should stay in or near the campsite is important, as well as explaining to them how to use their equipment. It is also important to brief them on the place that your going to, this is to get them roused up about the trip that you will all have fun together.
Older kids should have plenty of activities available to them on the trip, more than just hiking with dad or sitting around the campsite with mom. The regular teen is a very social being, so finding a site with a nearby park is actually a great idea. Larger camp sites that have recreation areas or swimming zones are also good for keeping teenagers happy and smiling. Letting your kids help plan the trip will also keep them involved, especially if there are activities they really want to do.
Another option for camping with kids to double the fun by camping out with close friends or other family members. It gives more option of entertainment and looking after your kids, especially when the both of you would want to wander on your own. Bringing along games and toys for maximum fun will also help make this trip an adventure for the kids to remember and want to repeat year after year.